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 10 FIFA World Cup records that might never be broken


Even if they do become a manager at a younger age, getting their team to the World Cup would be a Herculean challenge.

7 The Fastest goal from kickoff in a World Cup

Hakan Sukur of Turkey now holds the record for the fastest goal from kickoff in a FIFA World Cup.

The Bull of Bosphorus had played 112 times for the senior team, scoring 51 goals. 

He also demonstrated his goal-scoring ability in club football, scoring 260 goals in 540 appearances.

Turkey entered the match with a 1-0 loss to Brazil and a 1-0 loss to South Korea with a scoreline comparable to that of Germany.

The hosts didn’t want to end their campaign on a losing note, thus they were hoping for a win. The home fans were yelling at the top of their voices, but Hakan Sukur’s talent stopped them.

The Turk found the back of the net 10.8 seconds after the referee blew his whistle. 

In doing so, he smashed Czechoslovakia’s previous record of 16 seconds set by Vaclav Masek.

Clint Dempsey’s 29th-second goal against Ghana propelled him into the top five fastest goals in FIFA World Cup history. But that was the closest he could get.

However, in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifications, Belgium’s Christian Benteke scored in the ninth second (8.1 seconds) against Gibraltar. 

6 Winning the World Cup on debut

Italy and Uruguay are the only two countries to have won the World Cup on their debut. 

Uruguay won the first FIFA World Cup in 1930, and Italy won the 1934 edition. Both had won the title when they were the hosts, which was a coincidence

The inaugural FIFA World Cup was held in 1930, with Uruguay serving as both host and winner.

Italy did not compete in the 1930 FIFA World Cup, although they did win the 1934 World Cup as hosts.

So, using that logic, Qatar might win the FIFA World Cup in 2022! Sorry, Qatar fans, but this sounds a little far-fetched right now.

5 The largest margin of victory in a World Cup qualification game

Australia holds the record for the largest margin of victory in a qualifying match, with a 31-0 victory over American Samoa. 

In the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, they defeated them by a score of 31-0.

This was not the only record broken throughout the contest. Archie Thompson of Australia also surpassed the record for most goals scored by a player in an international match with 13 goals.

David Zdrillic became the second highest goalscorer in a single international match since World War I with eight goals.

To avoid such overwhelming victory, a preliminary round in qualification for smaller teams was reintroduced. 

With other federations introducing similar restrictions, such as the AFC, CAF, and CONCACAF, it is quite doubtful that this record will be beaten.

4 The World Cup’s quickest red card

Jose Batista of Uruguay holds the record for the fastest send-off in a FIFA World Cup.

He was sent off after only 56 seconds in their 1986 World Cup encounter against Scotland.

The Uruguayan was instrumental in his team’s World Cup qualification.

The fans expected him to lead by example and guide them to victory.

However, he was unable to contain his anger in their final group stage match against Scotland.

He delivered a nasty sliding tackle to opposing midfielder Gordon Strachan, earning him a straight red card. Because of his celebrity, the Uruguayan’s name was inscribed in the Guinness Book of World Records, and Uruguay advanced to the next round after a 0-0 tie.

Lee Todd holds the record for the fastest red card, not as a substitute. 

He was sent off two seconds after the game began for using harsh language in his game for Cross Park Farm Celtic against Taunton East Reach Wanderers.

While there may have been faster send-offs in club football, the demons are unlikely to follow in the FIFA World Cup.


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